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Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to Protect Small Businesses Unanimously Passes California Assembly
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to reform Prop. 65 and protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits passed the Assembly today with a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 71-0, well in excess of the 2/3 threshold necessary to amend the proposition. The bill, AB 227, would allow small-business owners who receive [...]
Calif. Governor Brown Grants Pardons for Easter Weekend Holiday
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On the eve of Easter, this past holiday weekend, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has granted 65 pardons. The individuals granted pardons all completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a decade without further criminal activity. Individuals who have been convicted [...]
Ending California ‘retroactive tax’ is goal of bipartisan legislation effort backed by BOE chair
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, in an effort to provide relief to California taxpayers stunned with the imposition of a “retroactive tax,” Sen. Ted W. Lieu, Asm. Jeff Gorell and Board of Equalization Chair Jerome E. Horton today announced a joint effort to craft a bipartisan, comprehensive solution to the problem created by the [...]
Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Business Advisory Commission Generates Legislation to Help Small Businesses Avoid Shakedown Lawsuit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Saturday, February 2, members of Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Small Business Advisory Commission voted to ask him to introduce legislation to address a new breed of shakedown lawsuits plaguing small businesses in Southern California. On Monday, February 4, Assemblyman Gatto did what the Commission asked, introducing legislation [...]
Calif. Seeks End To Court Orders Capping the State’s Prison Population and Requiring Oversight of Prison Mental Health Care
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that the State of California has taken legal action to end a federal court order that caps the state’s prison population and another that requires “intrusive supervision” of prison mental health care.
California State Assembly Approves Padilla’s ‘Student-Athlete Bill of Rights’- Senate Bill 1525
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California State Assembly approved Senate Bill 1525 on a vote of 51 – 25. Authored by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), the legislation known as the “Student-Athlete Bill of Rights,” would require universities located in California that ...
S.F. Mayor Lee and Chief Suhr Announce San Francisco’s Historic Crime Rate Drop
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr released the year end crime statistics showing continued historic low crime trends for the City of San Francisco. Mayor Lee and Chief Suhr announced that 2011 violent crime rates in San Francisco are down 6 percent from last year.
Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Senator Padilla’s Anti-Piracy Legislation – new law will help reduce music and movie piracy
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 550 (Padilla) Sunday. The new law will help reduce music and movie piracy by allowing inspections and verification to ensure that large-scale disc replicating plants are complying with California anti-piracy laws.
Padilla Bill to Criminalize Cell Phones in California Prisons Moves Forward
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Senate Bill 26, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee Thursday with unanimous bipartisan support. SB 26 would crack down on the smuggling and possession of cell phones and other wireless communication devices in California prisons. The bill now goes to the full Assembly for consideration.
Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation To Improve Public Safety and Empower Local Law Enforcement
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on Tuesday (April 5) signed AB 109, which makes fundamental changes to California’s correctional system to stop the costly, ineffective and unsafe “revolving door” of ...